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Need To Know: Trump attacks former lawyer Cohen after guilty plea

■ Trump attacks former lawyer Cohen after guilty plea

DONALD TRUMP has criticised his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen a day after his former ‘fixer’ implicated the US president in a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of women who said they had sexual relationships with him.

As he faced a growing threat to his presidency, Mr Trump accused Cohen of making up ‘stories in order to get a “deal'” from US federal prosecutors.

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, which he said he carried out in co-ordination with Mr Trump.

Mr Trump tweeted: ‘If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!’

Cohen played a prominent role in Mr Trump’s political rise in 2016.

■ Escaped murderer recaptured after 18 months on the run

A CONVICTED murderer who escaped from prison 18 months ago has been arrested.

Shaun Walmsley (pictured above), 29, fled when two men armed with a knife and a gun confronted prison guards outside Aintree University Hospital during a visit from HMP Walton in Liverpool in February 2017.

He was held yesterday afternoon when armed officers stopped a car in the Harehills district of Leeds.

Walmsley was sentenced to life in June 2015 for his part in the murder of Anthony Duffy.

Police had put up a reward of £20,000 of Walmsley’s own money for information leading to his capture. The money was seized following his arrest and conviction for the murder.

■ Fake accounts removed by Facebook ‘tip of the iceberg’

FACEBOOK’S removal of hundreds of fake pages, groups and accounts, which targeted UK politics, is ‘the tip of the iceberg’, according to the chairman of the parliamentary fake news inquiry.

Conservative MP Damian Collins called for greater transparency from Facebook after the social network announced late yesterday it had removed more than 650 accounts linked to Iran that had posed as news organisations or grassroots activists.

‘They’ve found a few hundred here or there targeting the UK and US and there were 30,000 removed close to the French election, but my concern is that this would be the tip of the iceberg,’ Mr Collins said.

An internal investigation by the world’s biggest social network found four groups across Facebook and Instagram, which spent thousands of pounds on advertising and had hundreds of thousands of followers.

The activity, some of which dates back to 2011, included spreading political messages and attempting to hack other people’s accounts or spread malware, according to Facebook’s head of cyber security policy.

■ Private hospital closed after man attacked in car park

A PRIVATE hospital has been closed after a man was injured in a ‘targeted attack’, leaving blood splattered on the pavement outside.

Officers were called to the grounds of BMI The Huddersfield Hospital (pictured above) just after midnight today to reports of an altercation in the car park, West Yorkshire Police said.

Blood could be seen on the pavement and a low wall behind a police cordon at the entrance to the hospital.

A spokesman for the hospital said no staff or patients were involved in the incident by Birkby Hall Road.